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The Future of Work and Impact of Automation

According to McKinsey & Company, automation technology is transforming the nature of work and the workplace itself. Machines will be able to carry out more of the tasks done by humans, complement the work that humans do, and even perform some tasks that go beyond what humans can do. As a result, some occupations will decline, others will grow, and many more will change.

Recognizing this, we partnered with the Social Progress Imperative, a global nonprofit supporting cities, regions, and nations to transition to inclusive growth models to develop a tool that will help the community plan for and discuss the potential impact. This tool was created with the following stakeholders and potential use cases in mind:


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Instructions for using the interactive dashboards:

To start, filter by neighborhood and select a census tract. You can then drill through to the occupations with the most workers in that location and explore comparisons with other occupations through the lens of shared skills.



Recent reports and resources on the Future of Work

  1. The future of work in the automated workplace by Pew Research Center.
  2. The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow by McKinsey & Company.
  3. Workforce of the Future Initiative by Brookings Institute.
  4. Governor Gavin Newsom Establishes and Announces Members of the Future of Work Commission. To learn more about the Commission, click here

For more detailed information related to the following, please click below:

  1. Download methodology for developing automation potential.
  2. Automation probability was based on the following research: The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are jobs to computerization (Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne 2013).
  3. Definitions of Skills and Occupation based on The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration.
  4. Definition of neighborhood and shapefiles from Santa Clara County Department of Public Health.

Thank you to our partners for their support:

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We are looking to improve this tool and would appreciate your suggestions. Please send your comments and suggestions to Khanh Russo, Director of Strategic Partnership and Performance at .